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Jury Says Apple didn’t Infringe on Core Wireless Patents in $100M Lawsuit

10:27 AM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Core Wireless lost its fight against Apple over claims the iPhone and iPad maker infringed on wireless technology patents it bought from Nokia. The company was hoping to win US$100 million in the case, but instead was left empty handed. Salt in the wound: Core Wireless lost in Federal Court in Tyler Texas, which is known for favoring patent holders.

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Apple is no doubt pleased with this win, especially after last month's $532.9 million infringement loss to Smartflash. Imagine how much more companies could do if patent litigation wasn't part of their regular schedule.

Want an Apple Watch Today? Make Your Own with LEGO

9:10 AM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If waiting until April 24 to get your Apple Watch seems like far too long to wait, you can make your own today. Even better, you can make your Apple Watch out of LEGO bricks, which adds an extra level of coolness to your wrist. Chris McVeigh worked out the design and is sharing the instructions (PDF) on his website. He's the guy that came up with other awesome LEGO builds I love like the original Macintosh, the retro TV with color bars, and the TARDIS. You'll need to provide your own bricks and his instructions include a shopping list so you won't come up short. Chris's LEGO Apple Watch looks great, and now I want Apple to make a special edition version that really works: Apple Watch Brick.

ACM 298: Apple Streaming TV and Privacy, New Steve Jobs Bio

9:52 PM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

With reports out saying Apple is going to hand over our personal information to networks in exchange for content deals for its rumored streaming TV service, Jeff and Bryan weigh in with their thoughts on what that means. Along with their thoughts on whether or not Apple will give up on protecting customer privacy, they take a look at Apple's new retail marketing tactics for Apple Watch, and the reactions Apple executives are having to a new Steve Jobs biography.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-18: Apple’s Data Sharing Plans, Kelly’s Finder Tips

2:00 PM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is supposedly going to share information with networks to land the deals it needs for their streaming TV service. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why Apple would do that, and exactly what sorts of information that will most likely include—and they change Jeff's perspective in the process. Kelly also has some great tips for improving your productivity in the Mac's Finder.

Analyst: Apple TV Network won’t bring big Margins

11:52 AM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's plans for a streaming content network won't bring the company big money, but will help keep more consumers in the company's hardware ecosystem. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks the costs of bringing quality content to viewers will leave Apple with slim margins for its rumored online television service.

Apple Watch Lands FCC Approval ahead of April Launch

10:45 AM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's webpage for the soon to ship Apple Watch has dropped wording about requiring FCC approval, which means the company is good to go for April 10 pre-orders and April 24 in-store sales.

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Not that there was any real concern Apple Watch wouldn't get its FCC approval, but it's still nice to see that out of the way.

Apple May Share Viewer Data with Networks to Land TV Content Deals

9:49 AM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly willing to share viewer data with content providers to swing the deals it needs to launch its streaming television content this fall. If true, that marks a big departure from Apple's historic refusal to give up any private information about its customers.

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Apple has made a pretty big show over the years on protecting user information, so it's hard to imagine the company giving that up now. That said, it would be any easy way to entice networks into content deals.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-17: Apple on your TV and in Space

5:35 PM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple is working on its own streaming TV network, and wants its own satellite, too. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer up their take on Apple as a television content provider and what that could mean for cable TV subscribers looking to cut their cord. They also have some thoughts on how Apple could use its own satellite.

Apple Could take to the Skies with its Own Satellite

11:25 AM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may have its eye on space, or at least Earth orbit. Boeing said it is in talks with Apple and other tech companies to build and launch a high-throughput communications satellite, and could sign the deal some time this year.

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Apple owning their own satellite? Google already has its eye on space, so maybe Apple is looking to the skies, too. Maybe we could get an Apple Space Station and Apple Moonbase, too.